A bill to maintain the Louisiana city's newly built and renovated public school buildings cleared the House Education Committee. The city is in the middle of an unprecedented school rebuilding plan paid for by $1.8 billion, mostly from FEMA.
Wake County officials said 600 teachers have quit since the school year began, a 41 percent increase over the same number who had resigned as of this time last year. The county has the largest school system in the state, employing nearly 9,000 teachers.
Philadelphia’s District Attorney is asking the school district to provide names and addresses of students who are chronically truant in order to approach the parents to do more. The district has cited the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act as the reason preventing them from providing this data.
Chocolate milk far outsells white milk in school cafeterias, and when kids are denied the choice of the sugar-laden flavored variety, they buy about 10 percent less milk. They then throw away a lot more of the white milk they do buy without drinking it, according to a new Cornell University study.
For more than two months, lawyers have been arguing in state court over whether California’s laws governing teacher tenure, firing and layoffs violate students’ constitutional right to an education. By the beginning of July, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge will deliver the first legal ruling on the case.
Racial Justice Now is calling upon the Dayton district to reduce out-of-school suspensions, citing that the district's suspensions rate is four times higher than the state average. In addition, the community activist group said there is a racial disparity, with black students being suspended more often than other students for the same behavior.
The New Jersey Schools Development Authority announced the start of $500 million in funding for some 1,600 projects that have been approved by the state Department of Education at a total cost of more than $1.2 billion. However, the state aid is contingent on voters' approval of the construction projects in 333 districts.
Broward County gave initial approval to a policy that would prevent tobacco products on any school property, even outdoors or while parked inside a car. The current policy allows district employees and parents to smoke in designated areas.
In the midst of national efforts to promote disciplinary policies that keep children in the classroom, legislation that would limit the length of suspensions for all but the most serious infractions and put an end to disciplinary fines is under consideration in Illinois.
A new charter—linked to the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center—is being proposed to give troubled youths a better chance to succeed academically. The Alternatives in Education nonprofit is also proposing the Public Safety Academy charter for students interested in police, firefighting and homeland security careers.
As part of the proposed Tennessee Promise bill, high school graduates will receive free tuition to a community college or technical school in the state. The plan will take effect in fall 2015, funded by $300 million from the state's lottery fund. The state expects 25,000 students to apply at an estimated cost of $34 million a year.
The state’s top school board would be prohibited from approving charter schools in districts rated A, B or C under a bill that won narrow approval in the House Education Committee. The proposal would apply in cases where the school was rejected by the local school board.
Guilderland Central's district, again faced with reduced aid and a state-set levy limit, continues to make cuts in its proposed $92.1 million budget. Next year’s spending plan would eliminate roughly 35 jobs. A number of the reductions are driven by an expected drop in enrollment next year, continuing a downward trend.
Houston ISD unveiled four new school mascots after the school board changed district policy on school symbols to become more culturally sensitive. The cost for new uniforms and changing over symbols in gyms, hallways, marquees and signs could top $250,000.
The San Antonio ISD plans to open its second early college high school this year after signing a memorandum of understanding with the Alamo Colleges to open the new school in August on the St. Philip’s College campus. The students will be housed at the college while taking both high school and college courses.